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noun Informal.
  1. a Confederate soldier.

Origin of reb

shortened form of rebel

Reb

[reb]
noun Yiddish.
  1. Mister (used as a title of respect).

Origin of Reb

literally, rabbi
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Examples from the Web for rebs

Historical Examples

  • Every time we tried to get to them the Rebs would fire on us.

    The Twenty-fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion

    George P. Bissell

  • Besides, they might be Rebs—and we might get hurt shooting at them.

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • The Rebs weren't as good as we were, but they were trickier, and they could fight.

    A Question of Courage

    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • The Rebs had retired about eighty yards in the wood to where it was thicker.

  • The Rebs didn't stand to meet them, but fell back behind a barn.


British Dictionary definitions for rebs

reb

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) US informal a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (1861–65)Also called: Johnny Reb

Word Origin

short for rebel

Reb

noun
  1. Judaism an honorific title, corresponding to Mr, for those who do not have rabbinic qualifications: usually followed by the person's forenameReb Dovid

Word Origin

Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi, master
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for rebs

reb

n.

abbreviation of rebel (n.), 1862, in U.S. Civil War context.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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